FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Some quick-hit thoughts regarding the New England Patriots and the NFL: 1. If initial projections by some legal experts are correct, this could be the week that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s request for an en banc hearing. Brady’s legal team filed its official appeal May 23, and at the time ESPN legal analyst Andrew Brandt, among others, estimated that a ruling could come as early as three weeks or possibly take as long as six weeks. Monday marks five full weeks since Brady’s appeal, which means we’re officially in the red zone for a court decision. 2. What is it like working under Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia?
It’s obviously way too early to be giving a pass/fail grade on this year’s NFL Draft picks, but there’s no harm in throwing out some opinions on which picks seem like the best value based on my individual player grades. With that in mind, here are my picks for the Kansas City Chiefs’ biggest steal and reach of this year’s draft. The Chiefs spent a third of their 2016 draft picks on defensive backs, but White was the best value of the bunch. At just a shade under 5-11, White’s lack of ideal height likely contributed to him not being considered among the top cover men in the class, but his combination of quickness and physicality should allow him to at least carve out a successful role in the slot.